European works councils (EWC) are bodies through which central management informs and consults the European employees of the company on progress and significant decisions. Directive 2009/38/EC strengthens employees’ right to transnational information and consultation and supports EWC creation. This leaflet outlines the main features of EWCs and the Directive’s aims. It explains the new provisions for establishing and operating EWCs along with the role of employee representatives, negotiation procedures and the implementation timetable. Concepts of information and consultation and aspects related to adaptation and continuity of EWCs are described. Finally, further information, promotion and funding sources as well as contact points are provided. This publication is available in printed format in all EU official languages.